Thursday, May 18, 2006

God I love people

So I'm riding down 7th Street in downtown Minneapolis this morning. I'm coming up on 3rd Ave, which is where lots of cars turn right. I'm in the right lane, as there's no bike lane on this street. As we approach the corner, there's a car who want's to turn right. Problem is, he's not in the right lane. So of course, he cuts me off. It wasn't one of those 'so close I about crap myself' cut offs, but more of an annoying 'why couldn't you just wait and pull in behind me' cut offs. The light changes to green and he starts his turn. Because he cut me off, I'm right behind him. But, there's a pedestrian who wants to cross. So he slams on the brakes. I rear ended him. Not hard, just enough to make his eyes get really big in the rear view mirror. His plastic bumper made quite a racket, but no harm done. Fool.

Date: May 18
Mileage: 25
Ride type: Commute
May mileage: 226
Year to date mileage: 1413

6 comments:

Sascha said...

I blogged that exact same scenario last fall. I suspect it's nearly a daily occurance in downtown minneapolis. Mine was going down 9th at Marquette. I also rearended the car but not on purpose and I twisted a finger between the bike hood and car :(

Karl said...

eek! Is the bike unharmed, I hope? And did he stop, or just drive away?

Pete said...

The bike is unharmed. I would have chased him down if it hadn't been! And of course he didn't stop. It was funny, because we both turned right and then both got stuck at the next red light. I sat and looked at him, but he wouldn't make eye contact with me. Fool.

Nancy said...

Ugh.

Tex69 said...

when i'm in a good mood, my buddhist tendencies say to "live and let live". when my american tendencies kick in, i want to take a screwdriver to their paintjobs and tires.

Pete said...

I must have been in a good mood. I didn't even yell or make an impolite gesture. :-)